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Canon U.S.A. and EFI Announce Powerful ColorPASS Server

6 Jul, 2004

Canon U.S.A. and EFI Announce Powerful ColorPASS Server

Canon U.S.A. and EFI (Nasdaq:EFII) has announced the new ColorPASS-Z3000, the latest print controller option for Canon's new Color imageRUNNER C3220 color digital imaging system. Based on EFI's Fiery(R) S350 color server technology, this new controller delivers maximum color productivity and efficiency to graphic-intensive printing environments.

"The use of color is becoming increasingly more sophisticated and widespread -- with office environments having to meet increasingly complex color and volume requirements quickly and efficiently," said Sam Yoshida, director and general manager, Corporate Systems Division, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "And with the introduction of the new ColorPASS-Z3000 using EFI's Fiery controller capabilities, Canon's Color imageRUNNER C3220 system, which makes color broadly accessible to office environments, now provides even more robust color solutions to our customers."

Powered by an Intel Pentium 2.4 GHz CPU, the Fiery S350 technology that underpins the ColorPASS-Z3000 controller brings a new level of speed and productivity to increase the output capabilities of Canon's Color imageRUNNER C3220 engine. The ColorPASS-Z3000 color controller features EFI's award-winning EFI Command WorkStation and includes a comprehensive array of professional features such as:

ColorWise for consistent, "out-of-the-box" color output

True Adobe PostScript 3 support

Fiery WebTools for easy remote job management

Hot Folders for automated batch processing of PostScript and PDF files

Spot-On for accurate matching of spot colors such as logos

Optional DocBuilder Pro for editing and assembling documents before RIPping the files

Optional Graphics Arts Package -- a suite of precision color management tools for graphic arts professionals

Optional EFI Color Profiler -- a color measurement solution that enables the creation of ICC profiles with CMYK digital printers

"This latest Fiery enabled ColorPASS-Z3000 controller is a direct result of a long term, on-going partnership between Canon and EFI to offer customers the most robust solutions to suit their printing needs," said Bernie Lepore, Senior Director of Sales, EFI. "The ColorPASS-Z3000, combined with the Canon Color imageRUNNER C3220 engine, gives demanding color users a powerful and reliable printing solution."

The ColorPASS-Z3000 controller also offers a powerful suite of tools to maximize throughput and streamline color, Variable Data Printing (VDP) production, offering the most comprehensive range of VDP languages including the industry standard PPML.

The optional Canon ColorPASS-Z3000 controller will be available through authorized Canon U.S.A. Dealers and Canon Business Solutions subsidiaries in the third quarter of this year.

For more information, visit http://www.usa.canon.com.


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